Publications

Enhanced immigration enforcement in the USA and the transnational continuity of HIV care for Latinx migrants in deportation proceedings

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2018-10-15
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Lancet HIV
In our work as clinicians, researchers, and immigrant rights advocates, we have noted increased anxiety about the possibility of deportation and disruptions in care among immigrants with HIV. Before the 2016 US elections, patients rarely asked about HIV treatment in their home countries. However,...

Dengue vaccines: implications for dengue control

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2018-10-15
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Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Dengue, the most common arbovirus, is an increasingly significant cause of morbidity worldwide. After decades of research, an approved tetravalent dengue vaccine is finally available. Models constructed using recently available vaccine efficacy data allow for a data-driven...

Results of early virologic monitoring may facilitate differentiated care monitoring strategies for clients on ART, Rakai, Uganda

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2018-10-15
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Open Forum Infectious Diseases
BACKGROUND: Viral load (VL) monitoring is standard of care in HIV-infected persons initiated on antiretroviral therapy (ART). We evaluated the predictive value of VL measurements at 6 and 12 months after initiation of firstline ART to estimate the future risk of virologic failure (VF). METHODS: HIV...

Drug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae colonization is associated with healthcare utilization and antimicrobial use among inpatients in Pune, India

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2018-10-04
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BMC Infectious Diseases
BACKGROUND: Healthcare exposure may increase drug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae colonization risk. Nascent antimicrobial stewardship efforts in low- and middle-income countries require setting-specific data. We aimed to evaluate risk factors for inpatient drug resistant Enterobacteriaceae...

Barriers to screening and isoniazid preventive therapy for child contacts of tuberculosis patients

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2018-10-01
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International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Universal, timely TB screening and IPT for exposed children are urgently needed to reduce pediatric TB in India

Inflammation and micronutrient biomarkers predict clinical HIV treatment failure and incident active TB in HIV-infected adults: a case-control study

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2018-09-24
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BMC Medicine
Factors identified through exploratory factor analysis were associated with adverse outcomes in HIV-infected individuals.

Report of the Technical Consultation on Advances in Clinical Trial Design for Development of New TB Treatments

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2018-09-17
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WHO Task Force on Introduction of New TB Drugs and Treatment Regimens
Dr. Amita Gupta was a member of this TB technical consultation, convened in March 2018 in Switzerland.

Ovarian mass - tuberculosis or malignancy? Need for early intensified evaluation

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2018-09-14
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EXCLI Journal
Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, We read with interest the case report by Chien et al. on Peritoneal Tuberculosis (TB) mimicking ovarian cancer (Chien et al., 2016[1]). We want to congratulate the authors on this case report. We encountered a similar case in our clinical setting in western India...

The association of household fine particulate matter and kerosene with tuberculosis in women and children in Pune, India

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2018-09-07
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Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Use of kerosene cooking fuel is positively associated with TB in women and children in our analysis using reported sources of exposure.

Challenges and opportunities for outreach workers in the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) program in India

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2018-09-04
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PLoS One
PLoS One: Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV program in India is one of the largest in the world, and it relies on outreach workers. Our study looked at challenges and opportunities for outreach workers.

Resource utilization for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis household contact investigations (A5300/I2003)

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2018-09-01
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International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Current guidelines recommend evaluation of the household contacts of individuals with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis; however, implementation of this policy is challenging.

Failure in TB control: why should the rapid diagnostic test bear the blame?

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2018-09-01
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International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Dr. Sachit Atre's correspondence published in the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

Syndemic factors and resiliency among Latina immigrant indirect sex workers in an emergent immigrant city

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2018-08-23
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Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Female sex workers (FSW) constitute a highly vulnerable population challenged by numerous co-existing, or syndemic, risk factors. FSW also display resilience to these, and some evidence suggests that resilience may be associated with protective factors that improve health outcomes. We conducted in-...

The effect of diabetes mellitus on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of tuberculosis treatment

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2018-08-20
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Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
DM and higher HbA1c increased the risk of not achieving therapeutic targets for pyrazinamide, but higher pyrazinamide concentrations were asociated with worse microbiologic and clinical outcomes

Antimicrobial susceptibility of Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates in Baltimore, Maryland – 2016: The importance of sentinel surveillance in the era of multi-drug resistant gonorrhea

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2018-08-17
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Antibiotics
The increasing rates of gonorrhea infections and the global emergence and spread of multi-drug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) threaten the successful management of gonorrhea. In the era of nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs), surveillance projects are urgently needed to monitor...

Identifying solutions to improve the sexually transmitted infections testing experience for youth through participatory ideation

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2018-08-15
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AIDS Patient Care and STDs
Sexually transmitted infection (STI) services, including screening, treatment, and counseling among youth, remain suboptimal. In the midst of increasing incidence of bacterial STIs, alarming STI disparities, and persistently low testing rates among youth, solution-focused and action-oriented...

Challenges of TB and co-treatment: updates and insights

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2018-08-04
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Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In the past few years, tuberculosis (TB) has overtaken HIV as the infectious disease with the highest global mortality. Successful management of this syndemic will require improved diagnostic tests, shorter preventive therapies, and more effective treatments, particularly in...

Tuberculin skin test and QuantiFERON-Gold In Tube assay for diagnosis of latent TB infection among household contacts of pulmonary TB patients in high TB burden setting

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2018-08-01
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PLoS One
World Health Organization (WHO) recommends systematic screening of high-risk populations, including household contacts (HHCs) of adult pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) patients, as a key strategy for elimination of TB. QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT) assay and tuberculin skin test (TST) are two commonly used tools for the detection of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) but may yield differential results, affecting eligibility for TB preventive therapy.

Using mHealth to improve tuberculosis case identification and treatment initiation in South Africa: Results from a pilot study

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2018-07-03
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PLoS One
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) incidence in South Africa is among the highest globally. Initial loss to follow-up (ILFU), defined as not starting on TB treatment within 28 days of testing positive, is undermining control efforts. We assessed the feasibility, acceptability, and potential of a mHealth...

Trends in HbA1c levels and implications for diabetes screening in tuberculosis cases undergoing treatment in India

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2018-07-01
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International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
SETTING: The optimal timing of screening for diabetes mellitus (DM) among tuberculosis (TB) cases is unclear due to the possibility of stress hyperglycemia. DESIGN: We evaluated adult (18 years) pulmonary TB cases at treatment initiation as well as at 3 months, 6 months and 12 months. DM was...

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